President Donald Trump today ordered the reopening of places of worship that were closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump said churches and other places of prayer are “essential”, he asked governors to allow their reopening “right now,” or he will do so by decree.
“If there’s any question, they’re going to have to call me, But they are not going to be successful in that call” Mr. Trump said in the White House briefing room.
This is not the first time the president has threatened to cancel the states’ autonomy if they do not follow the White House’s directions, a possibility that has been debated by many experts who have said such a move would be contrary to the U.S. Constitution.
White House spokeswoman KaAyleigh McEnany declined to comment on the basis of what authority the president said he could arrogate the power to impose his directives on state governments.
“In America we need more prayer, not less”, concluded the president, before leaving the room without accepting questions from the media.